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Danube regional cooperation for improved spatial data and services sharing to support the better governance and sustainable development

Martin Tuchyňa and Tomas Mildorf

(Submission #413)


In addition to the existing INSPIRE legal framework delineating harmonised spatial data and services exchange and related initiatives (eGovernment and Open Government Partnership), stronger support and cooperation is needed on regional and cross border level in order to achieve foreseen benefits. Within the Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and contribution of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC), several activities have been initiated in order to provide scientific support to the EUSDR. Significant effort have been made by the Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI), aiming to establish the regional infrastructure of data and services that are available in the Danube region, promoting INSPIRE principles and extending the scope with the non-spatial data resources and towards domains beyond the INSPIRE. Experience achieved so far clearly demonstrates the similarities and gaps across the region. In addition, importance for the stronger coordination becomes more visible delivering benefits from exchange of good practice and lessons learnt, respecting specific conditions in the countries of the region. Aspects from the identification of existing data and knowledge resources, state of play in underlying national and regional infrastructures, involvement of relevant stakeholders and networks, data sharing arrangements as well as examples of use cases and pilots demonstrating the value of the coordinated cooperation in regional infrastructures development and maintenance are the examples this contribution aims to deliver.

At the same time established infrastructures and cooperation frameworks requires well defined governance structures, closer interaction with the users’ and policy requirements, support for networking to address maintenance and future development challenges. Improved access to data and services with a regional approach can substantially contribute to a more effective, harmonized response to societal challenges, can facilitate evidence based policy making, strengthen governance systems with citizen participation, as well as can reinforce economic development, protection of the environment and adaptation to climate change. With this in mind this contribution will provide summary of the achieved results, as well as outlook for possible opportunities and cooperation mechanisms aiming to ensure consistent sustainability of such cooperation for the future.


Topic Area:  [2.4] Regional cooperation: building SDI for better governance
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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